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Farm Animal Rights Movement

April 23, 2012

Serving Size 2 tacos - Makes 6 servings

Amount Per Serving

Calories 369

From fat 81


% Daily Value*

Total Fat 9 g


Saturated Fat 2g


Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 429mg


Total Carbohydrate 60g


Dietary Fiber 12 g


Sugars 3g

Protein 14g

Vitamin A 14%

Vitamin C 52%

Calcium 10%

Iron 22%

* % Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Black Bean Tacos

Let's continue the celebration of yesterday's Earth Day with fresh, healthy environmentally-friendly meals! These tacos are perfect for the occasion, especially with garden fresh veggies. The more fresh ingredients, the better the flavor! This is the perfect meal when youíre in a hurry or itís just too hot to be in the kitchen.


2 Tbs. olive oil
1 large red onion, finely diced
1 medium red bell pepper, finely diced
4 medium cloves garlic, minced
3 cups cooked black beans (2 15 oz. cans is fine)
1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes with juices
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
salt & pepper (to taste)
12 taco-sized flour or corn tortillas
sliced avocado
sliced green olives with pimentos
chopped tomatoes
shredded lettuce
chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat olive oil in medium pot over medium-high heat; add onion and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes; add garlic and cook, stirring, one minute more.
  2. Stir in beans, tomatoes, chili powder, and cumin, and bring to a boil; partially cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until juices have thickened and flavors have melded, about 15 minutes. Note: Mixture should be quite thick so it wonít escape from taco shells, but not dry; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. To serve, place about 1/3 cup bean mixture in center of a tortilla, and top with onions, avocado, olives, and cilantro. You can also put toppings in small bowls on the table and let everyone help themselves.

See the full recipe with more pictures on Umami Girl's Blog!

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Diet & The Environment

Itís no secret that vegan eating reduces your carbon footprint. Raising animals for food contributes substantially to global warming and is responsible for more water pollution, topsoil depletion, deforestation, and wildlife destruction than any other human activity. Senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization official Henning Steinfeld reported that the meat industry is "one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems."

Numerous studies indicate that switching to a vegan diet can cut out 90% of the total emissions your eating habits contribute to global warming. A brand new study published in Environmental Research Letters warns that drastic changes in food production and consumption are needed by 2050 in order to prevent catastrophic global warming. The findings reveal that the developed world will have to cut fertilizer use by 50% and persuade consumers in the developed world to reduce or eliminate meat consumption.

The most effective long-term solution to environmental devastation is the transition to plant-based diets of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains.

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Celebrating Vegan Earth Day

Each year, in honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, caring people participate in Vegan Earth Day to educate their communities about how we all have the power to make a difference through our food choices. Hundreds of volunteers joined to spread the word about the environmental benefits of a plant-based diet by distributing tens of thousands of leaflets at Earth Day events.

And that's not all! We've launched environmental billboards (pictured right) in Boston and San Francisco to further get the word out.

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